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10 ways to fight for your child's health while saving the environment and your money

Go green and save some green
Go green and save some green
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According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, asthma "is the most common chronic disease of childhood." Not only is it becoming more and more widespread, but asthma related deaths in children are rising, and have more than doubled since 1980.

Symptoms of asthma arise from environmental factors and toxic cleaning products. A majority of these factors are triggered by, "cold air; exercise; allergens (things that cause allergies) such as dust mites, mold, pollen, animal dander or cockroach debris; and some types of viral infections." The only way to change the outcome of this disease is to fight it where it starts...at home and in the products we use.

Fortunately, there are 3 simple, non-toxic, and affordable ways to help fight against the effects of asthma. Since cleaning is a big part of our everyday lives, these 10 tips (3 related to asthma and 7 to the environment) will be an easy way to implement new ideas and new habits into an existing routine. 

Courtesy of Molly Maid in Ankeny, below are 10 simple tips that will change your life...or at least your habits:

Green Cleaning Tips:
 1. Only use environmental friendly cleansers, like EnvirOx. EnvirOx products are “green” solutions that make cleaning safer and healthier by minimizing harmful toxicity.
 2. Use microfiber towels! After using these towels just wash them to reuse. Not only will this will help reduce waste, but it also cleans better than paper towels.
 3. Rent a Host Dry Extraction system. You have never experienced this level of clean carpets until you use this treatment.

Additional "Green" Tips:
 4. Only run the dishwasher when it's really full!
 5. Replace current shower heads with low-flow shower heads to save between 10-15 percent of water. This could reduce your water usage by 20,000 gallons per year.
 6. Consider hanging clothes to dry on the line to save energy.
 7. Replace old light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs, which will save on the lighting bill, and the bulbs last 8 to 12 times longer. Changing only five bulbs could save 50 percent on annual lighting costs.
 8. Skip the dry cycle on your dishwasher and just let the dishes air dry.
 9. If the weather cooperates, open a window and let those indoor pollutants out.
10. Instead of a synthetic room fresheners, use a vase daffodils, which can fill a room with a lovely, natural scent.

In an economy where money is tight, going green should become a priority. Not just a financial priority but an environmental one as well. These tips are simple and useful and will save more than just the money in your wallet. You will be incorporating tips that are good for your children as well as the environment. Go green and save some green!

For more information: Going GreenAsthma and Allergy Foundation of America; Green Tips; Molly Maid of Ankeny - Clean Green

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